Ctrip.com International Ltd., the largest online travel service provider in China, has resumed selling South Korean tour packages.
Ctrip has recently started selling South Korean tour packages again, according to related industry sources on April 9. It offered 29 travel products as of April 9, including Haeundae Beach, Jeju Island, Gyeongbokgung Palace, Taean and Namiseom Island.
Following the Chinese government's ban on group tours to South Korea as part of its economic retaliation for the THAAD deployment in 2017, the number of Chinese group tourists visiting South Korea nosedived. However, there are expectations that Beijing will lift the ban on group tours to South Korea as there has been progress in the relationship between South Korea and China. In fact, a travel agency located in Qingdao has started selling a week-long cruise product leaving from Jiangsu Province for Incheon.
Ctrip posted group tour package products to South Korea on its official website in November last year but deleted them after they got attention. The company decided to sell the products after receiving approval from the China National Tourism Administration at that time.